Tag: Civil War Bluejackets

  • Transcription Tuesday is Here! (And So Are Some New Vessels…)

    Transcription Tuesday is Here! (And So Are Some New Vessels…)

    The Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine Transcription Tuesday event has arrived! We are delighted to welcome today’s transcribers to our maritime community! To mark the occasion, we have added some new vessels to those currently available for transcription. Up to know, the ship’s musters we have been working on were all related to […]

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  • Ratings Focus: Landsmen

    Ratings Focus: Landsmen

    Our new “Ratings Focus” series takes a look at the different ratings you are encountering on the American Civil War Muster Rolls. The aim of these posts is to explain the roles and responsibilities of men who held a particular rating, and how that may have changed during the conflict. To start, we are taking […]

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  • Join Civil War Bluejackets on Transcription Tuesday, 31 January 2023!

    Join Civil War Bluejackets on Transcription Tuesday, 31 January 2023!

    Every year, Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine holds a major online transcription event entitled “Transcription Tuesday.” It calls on those interested in family and social history to support a number of not-for-profit transcription projects by transcribing some of their available documents (read more about Transcription Tuesday here). This year is the seventh annual […]

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  • Bluejacket Community Discoveries: The Seaman Born at Sea

    Bluejacket Community Discoveries: The Seaman Born at Sea

    There is no doubt that the Civil War Bluejackets “Where Born” Workflow on Zooniverse offers some of the most compelling detail about our sailors. The entries in that column lay bare the wide range of ethnicities that could be present on a single vessel, each of them contributing something different to the onboard community. Occasionally […]

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  • Finding Finns: Revealing the Untold Story of Finnish Mariners in the American Civil War

    Finding Finns: Revealing the Untold Story of Finnish Mariners in the American Civil War

    With the help of our Citizen Scientists, Civil War Bluejackets is setting out to reveal new insights into the life of the common U.S. sailor during the American Civil War. The project blog has already examined the experiences of some African American, Irish, British and native-born white American sailors- representatives of the groups who made […]

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  • Civil War Bluejackets Workshop: The Irish Experience

    Civil War Bluejackets Workshop: The Irish Experience

    Last week we joined the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany for our latest Bluejackets workshop. As well as explaining what the project is about and demonstrating how volunteers can use Zooniverse, the talk also explored what naval records can tell us about Irish immigrants- and shared some of their stories. The talk is now […]

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  • Celebrating Thanksgiving on a Union Monitor

    Celebrating Thanksgiving on a Union Monitor

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we wanted to take a look at how U.S. sailors during the American Civil War celebrated the holiday. Thanksgiving was an important day for immigrants as well as for native-born Americans during the Civil War, as it provided them with an opportunity to embrace one of the flagship dates in their new […]

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  • Bluejacket Community Discoveries: Surviving Sabine Pass- Deception & Deceit in the Life of a U.S. Sailor

    Bluejacket Community Discoveries: Surviving Sabine Pass- Deception & Deceit in the Life of a U.S. Sailor

    Our latest Bluejackets Discoveries post comes courtesy of our Zooniverse community member @dona79. While working on transcribing details from a Muster Sheet of USS Arizona, @dona79 noted that four of the men had the following entry recorded beside them: “escaped from U.S. Gunboat Sachem and transferred to U.S.S. Portsmouth“. What was the story behind these […]

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  • Bluejacket Community Discoveries: The African American Crew of USS Albermarle

    Bluejacket Community Discoveries: The African American Crew of USS Albermarle

    Our latest Zooniverse Community Discoveries post is based on identifications made by Community member @bmp77, who noted that the entire crew on one muster sheet was marked as “negro”. @bmp77 identified that the ship in question was USS Albermarle, and the sheet was dated to June of 1865. We decided to take a closer “visual” […]

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  • Sheets from the Fleet: Tattoos & Scars Aboard USS Acacia

    Sheets from the Fleet: Tattoos & Scars Aboard USS Acacia

    In our second instalment of the Sheets from the Fleet series, which explores a random sheet from the Civil War Bluejackets Project, we are looking at entries aboard USS Acacia from the closing days of the war, on 1st April 1865. The Acacia was a steam-powered tugboat that entered U.S. service in late 1863. The […]

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